“I love to read through thousands of rows of data tables to digest information,” said no one ever. Most of the data that you collect ends up in some kind of standard table of rows and columns. Although you could leave it in this form, it’s not only boring to look at, but also incredibly difficult to actually understand the big picture. Sure, you may get a general sense of what the data holds — you may even be able to spot a pattern or two. But to get a true picture of the story that your data tells, you need visual analytics tools.